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Use Avios for a new Manchester to Casablanca flight with Royal Air Maroc

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Whilst the launch was, unsurprisingly, muted due to the pandemic, Royal Air Maroc joined the oneworld airline alliance in 2020.

This meant that you can now earn and spend Avios, and earn British Airways Executive Club tier points, on Royal Air Maroc services.

The airline has just announced the return of flights between Manchester and Casablanca.

Royal Air Maroc launches new UK routes

Flights will only operate over the summer, launching on 24th June. Services will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, departing Manchester at 18.20 (21.45 arrival). The return leaves Casablanca at 13.45 (17.20 arrival). Flights use a Boeing 737.

The existing Manchester to Marrakech flight will continue.

We’ve not managed to give Royal Air Maroc a try yet. Frustratingly Avios redemption flights have never been bookable at ba.com since the airline joined oneworld – you can see availability but you always get a message saying:

“Sorry there is a problem with booking this journey online. Try selecting other flights”

…. so you need to call. Taxes and charges are apparently fairly high so, unless you are looking for a Business Class redemption, cash may be the best option regardless.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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